Dragonflies of Camargue...
Morning walk in the Camargue reserve, in this month of August there are many dragonflies around the wetlands (mosquitoes too), yellow dragonflies, red dragonflies!
43 species of dragonflies are listed in the Camargue out of 83 listed in France. (source PNRC of Camargue 2005).
Odonata are an order of insects, often called dragonfly, with an elongated body, with two pairs of generally transparent membranous wings, and whose compound and generally large eyes allow them to hunt their prey effectively. Their larvae develop in the water, during the summer it metamorphoses into a flying insect called "imago". About 6000 species and subspecies of odonates have been described around the world. The greatest diversity is found in tropical regions, France is the richest European country in odonata. Odonata, however, form a minority within the immense class of insects.
The life of dragonflies is fascinating because part of it is aquatic and the other aerial. The larval life of dragonflies is the longest, from a few months to several years depending on the species. The one in the air is only a few weeks.